Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett has been announced as the new deputy to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, in a wider role in the city region.
The GMCA is made up of 11 members who are either a leader or an elected mayor of the ten Greater Manchester (GM) councils.
In addition to Baroness Beverley Hughes, the Greater Manchester Mayor also appoints an additional Deputy Mayor from amongst the 11 members. Mayor Dennett will now become Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, following Sir Richard Leese who has stepped down as Leader of Manchester City Council on 1 December 2021.
Mayor Dennett retains the Housing, Homelessness and Infrastructure lead role for Greater Manchester as the portfolio holder. Whilst also supporting the Greater Manchester Mayor with the work of the Combined Authority, he has been asked to serve along with Councillor Andrew Western and Councillor Brenda Warrington, Leaders of Trafford and Tameside councils as part of the Bee Network Board to ensure authorities are represented in this important work.
Mayor Dennett welcomed the news and said, “It is a huge honour and privilege to be able to support Andy as his deputy. This role provides an huge opportunity to continue with our partnership working across the city-region, building on our successes to date, whilst continuing to deliver real results for our residents, communities and partners across Greater Manchester.
“There is so much to be gained by working closely within the Greater Manchester city-region, ensuring that Greater Manchester continues to have a strong voice in influencing policy, attracting investment, whilst also delivering on our ambitious and inclusive vision for the city-region
“I am also pleased to be continuing to lead the housing and homelessness portfolio for GM and pledge to keep a focus on providing safe, decent, accessible and affordable homes for the people of Salford and Greater Manchester.”